March 17, 2020
Dear RiNo Businesses, Artists + Makers, and Galleries:
We know this is an incredibly difficult time for those who provide important services and rely on in-person customers in order to keep their businesses afloat. We are impressed with how many of you have quickly taken on the enormous task of adapting, innovating, and thinking outside the box to continue to provide incredible art and handmade goods, serve up delicious food and drinks, keep people fit and healthy, and keep smiles on people's faces in this time of grave uncertainty.
We want you to know that the RiNo Art District is here for you, not just with virtual hugs that we're sending to all of our friends and family, but also with tangible assistance in this great time of need. As a community, we must band together and support each other more than ever. Your work is what makes RiNo the vibrant, engaging, and independent place that we all love and we are committed to supporting all of you in our community of artists, makers, galleries, and local businesses through this time.
We understand the anxiety and uncertainty many of you face, and are moving quickly to implement a number of initiatives that will directly benefit RiNo artists, galleries, and small businesses. We will be in touch as these initiatives become available and are rolled out district-wide. In addition to the initiatives we are putting in place, we will share resources from the government and other community organizations on our website on an ongoing basis.
TELL US WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND WE'LL PROMOTE IT ONLINE:
As a tool to help the public continue to access your business, we have created a special page on our website to highlight who's open and what's available in the district: Keep RiNo Rolling. We will be promoting this site continually, sharing your current offerings and ways to connect and support, and also sharing your stories. Please use this submission form to post your updated information such as delivery/pickup options, hours, links to buy art and gift cards, and view virtual classes and exhibitions, etc.
Rally for Restaurants is also a good place to put up gift card purchase information if you haven't already!
Check our RiNo Resources - Support During Covid-19 page for an ongoing compilation of small business resources.
FREE MEMBERSHIP EXTENSIONS:
In March, we began offering membership extensions free for six months from your current renewal date. To request this extension, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other inquiries, please reach out to Alye Sharp, Community Outreach Director: email@example.com.